Working with local partners
In our first year, we’ve worked with local schools across the city to deliver sessions at two sites – Everton Park Nature Garden and Springfield Park, with the help of partners such as Friends of Everton Park and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
On the 5th July 2017 we officially launched our Liverpool Forest School Project at an event at Everton Park Nature Garden, in which everybody involved in the project came down for a taster session and a carousel of Forest School activities throughout the afternoon.
Here is Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE, Chair of Nature Connected and Environmental Adviser to the Mayor of Liverpool City Region, explaining what he thinks about Forest School...
In 2018, we worked with schools in other parts of the city, such as Bootle and Netherton, improving their school grounds to make them more suitable for Forest School. We have continued to work on our purpose-built outdoor classrooms in Springfield Park and Everton Park Nature Garden too.
We also worked with schools with dedicated classes for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), a first for the project, enabling us to showcase the inclusiveness of Forest School and offer children with a variety of needs to experience the benefits of nature and build in confidence. Our video below shows how Millstead Special Needs Primary School in Everton have embraced Forest School and the success we've had working with SEN children.
We find that the children learn better doing things that they enjoy, so at Forest School we’re getting loads of interaction and language out of them because they’re relaxed and in an environment that they like.Millstead Special Needs Primary School, Everton
The loose structure of the sessions gave us as adults the opportunity to draw the children's attention to all the sensory joys and wonders of the outdoors that often get lost in the busy-ness of daily suburban life and, in the process, to reconnect with the same joy ourselves.Grandparent helper, Knotty Ash Primary School
Using Forest School as a form of therapy
In 2019, we branched out from working with schools and developed a new and innovative partnership with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to pilot a new way of working with children and young people who access the hospital’s Mental Health Services. Staff at CAMHS thought that the Forest School approach may work for those who might not fit or use traditional therapy models, and so were keen to explore how Forest School might fit into their service.
Two therapists from the CAMHS team were trained as Forest School Leaders, and together with a Forest School Officer from LWT, ran a pilot programme with young people from the CAMHS service, using the woods in Springfield Park, right next to the newly built Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Watch our short video and read the testimonials to discover how young children have benefited from this programme.
When I go to Forest School I learn new things and play with my new friend and I also have fun by building dens, putting up a tarpaulin and making things.
The adults in Forest School are very friendly and helpful and always make it lots of fun. I have learned so much in the outdoors and I have learned many skills that I can use in the future. I think Forest School can be for other children too as it will teach them that it's fun in the outdoors and you can make fun things with fun ideas. You can give your creative ideas to anyone and they won't doubt them.CAMHS
Forest School at Alder Hey is the best thing that could have been available for my 10 year old daughter. My daughter has ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] and finds it difficult to make new friends and with her social skills. Since she has attended Forest School, her mood has changed, she has made new friends, she has a smile on her face when we talk about Forest School, her enthusiasm when she knows its almost Friday is a joy to see. She has grown in confidence, she has learned so many new skills and absolutely loves it. Seeing my daughter so positive about this, brings me so much joy and the teachers at forest school are amazing too, they really help the kids channel their inner Bear Grylls… I hope that such an amazing service can continue in the future to give children who have difficulty in expressing how they feel a chance to benefit from something so positive.
Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working with players of People’s Postcode Lottery since March 2015 to bring Forest Schools outdoor education to inner city school children.
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For more information about our Forest Schools in Liverpool, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery please contact Katie Dearden, Senior Forest School Officer, at email@example.com.
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